Women who schedule routine mammograms at Mayo Clinic Health System have the latest diagnostic technology available to them — digital mammography. Digital mammography produces clearer images of the breast than traditional mammography. It allows the radiologist to view and manipulate the images on high-resolution computer monitors that enhance visualization of the structures within the breast tissue.
To supplement this technology, we've incorporated digital computer-aided detection (CAD), which flags abnormalities to help the radiologist detect early breast cancer. CAD is, in essence, a second set of eyes to support and enhance the radiologist's judgment.
Digital images are easily stored and transferred electronically. This eliminates the dependence on only one set of images, which helps with breast cancer detection.
What to expect
Digital mammography feels identical to conventional screening from a patient's perspective — though women may notice a shorter exam time and reduction in callbacks to obtain additional images. At times, digital mammography is partnered with diagnostic breast ultrasound imaging to give the radiologist another look at tissue densities. Talk with your health care provider about a screening schedule appropriate for you.
If you receive an abnormal result and need further imaging, our breast cancer care coordinator will assist you throughout the entire process.
Preparing for your exam
Do not wear deodorant the day of the exam.
Scheduling your appointment
Call 507-304-7770 to schedule an appointment or for more information.
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